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1 Making Improvement Happen Through Action Learning Angie Nisbet NatPaCT

2 Transformational Change Programme 2 Year Programme Commenced April 2002 Planned to involve 303 PCTs Target 100 Action Learning Sets by March 2005

3 At the end of July 2004 47 Live Sets 128 PCTs involved in the process 20 Sets about to commence

4 What is Action Learning? Action Learning brings together small groups of participants(6-8 people) with the following intentions: To work on and through organisational/individual issues To work on real problems. To work together to check individual perceptions, clarify (and render more manageable) the issue and explore alternatives for action. To take action in the light of new insight.

5 What is Action Learning Contd To bring an account of the consequences back to the group for further shared reflection. To focus on learning, not only about the issue being tackled but also on what is being learned about oneself. To be aware of group processes and develop effective ways of working together. To provide the balance of support and challenge that enables each person to manage themselves and others more effectively.


7 Key principles on which action learning is based The focus of learning sets differ according to the situation but follow the same general principles and beliefs that participants gain by: Learning from experience and sharing that experience with others Being open to the challenge of colleagues and listening to alternative suggestions Having time where they are listened to (in a non-judgemental atmosphere) Having more choices about the way forward Reviewing the outcome of actions with the support of fellow set members and sharing the lessons learned.

8 How action learning differs from more traditional approaches DIFFERENCES BETWEEN TRADITIONAL AND ACTION LEARNING Traditional LearningAction Learning Classroom BasedWork Based Individual OrientationGroup Orientation Input OrientationOutput Orientation Knowledge OrientationAction Orientation PassiveActive Historical FocusConcern with Here and Now Cost InvestmentInvestment Return Required Producer OrientedMarket/Customer Oriented From: Action Learning and Excellence in Management Development. Charles Margerison

9 Examples of issues addressed through action learning Action Learning can be used to work on many issues. The most common applications can be divided into three main areas: 1. A work based project in which you are involved and where you are able to influence the outcomes by your actions 2. An issue which concerns how you operate in the work context (e.g. Giving feedback), which you want to change / improve and which you feel will benefit from the support and challenge of set members. 3. An issue where you are required to produce an applied piece of work for an academic programme. Usually, group members are working on different areas and benefit from the support, challenge and opportunities for mutual learning.

10 Examples of projects in category 1, which have been implemented with the support of action learning sets: Looking at the discharge procedure for hospital patients Improving the work allocation and communications within a large GP fund-holding medical centre Determining the required roles for night sisters in a general hospital Developing a plan for better utilisation of operating theatres involved in treating day patients Analysing the reasons for "no-shows" at an out patient clinic and making recommendations for improved utilisation

11 The elements of action learning Each participant is responsible for: Choosing a problem that is intellectually stretching and contains some element of risk Researching, diagnosing and offering a solution to his \ her own problem Implementing of at least some of the solution Using the group's help in identifying, defining and analysing the problem. (They can also assist with identifying where interest, energy and commitment lie, where power lies, where blockages are to be found.)

12 Set Meetings Each participant describes his \ her problem and progress in detail The following questions will be addressed: What have I done\not done since the last meeting? What can I learn from this? What do I want to do before the next set meeting? What is the best way of going about this? The other members of the set provide comment so that all members become involved in helping to solve each others' issues. However, each person retains responsibility for their own issue.

13 Action Learning …… helps make improvement happen in health organisations by bringing together individual learning and on the job action

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